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A/RES/50/144


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

30 January 1996
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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 105


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/628)]


            50/144.     Towards full integration of persons
                        with disabilities in society:
                        implementation of the Standard Rules
                        on the Equalization of Opportunities
                        for Persons with Disabilities and of
                        the Long-term Strategy to Implement
                        the World Programme of Action
                        concerning Disabled Persons to the
                        Year 2000 and Beyond

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 48/96 of 20 December 1993, by which it
adopted the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for
Persons with Disabilities,

      Recalling also its resolution 37/52 of 3 December 1982, by which
it adopted the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled
Persons, 1/

      Recalling further all its relevant resolutions, including
resolutions 37/53 of 3 December 1982, 46/96 of 16 December 1991, 47/88
of 16 December 1992, 48/95 and 48/99 of 20 December 1993 and 49/153 of
23 December 1994,

      Taking note of resolution 34/2 of 20 April 1995 of the Commission
for Social Development, 2/ wherein it is stated, inter alia, that the
Standard Rules are to be monitored within the framework of the
sessions of the Commission, and that the purpose of such monitoring is
to further their effective implementation,

      Noting with interest the initiative taken by non-governmental
organizations to develop a disability index based on the Standard
Rules, as well as other activities related to the Standard Rules and
activities in support of the World Programme of Action,

      Welcoming the report of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission
for Social Development on monitoring the implementation of the
Standard Rules and his recommendation that, in the coming two years,
the focus should be mainly on legislation, coordination of work,
organizations of persons with disabilities, accessibility, education
and employment, 3/

      Welcoming also the unreserved reaffirmation in the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference
on Human Rights on 25 June 1993, 4/ of all the human rights and
fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities, and the recognition
in both the Programme of Action of the International Conference on
Population and Development 5/ and the Programme of Action of the World
Summit for Social Development 6/ of a pressing need, among others, for
the realization of the goals of full participation in society and the
equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities, as well
as the recognition by the Fourth World Conference on Women, held at
Beijing from 4 to 15 September 1995, 7/ of the special needs of women
with disabilities,

      1.    Recalls the recognition by the World Summit for Social
Development of the need to promote the Standard Rules on the
Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities;

      2.    Urges all Governments and organizations to continue to
strengthen their efforts to implement the Standard Rules by
appropriate legal, administrative and other measures, taking into
account the integrated social development strategy set out in the
Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development; 6/

      3.    Encourages Governments of Member States to respond to the
questionnaire sent by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission for
Social Development;

      4.    Encourages Member States to make contributions to the United
Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability to support initiatives on
disability, including the important work of the Special Rapporteur;

      5.    Calls upon Governments, when implementing the World
Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, 1/ to take into
account the elements suggested in the Long-term Strategy to Implement
the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons to the Year
2000 and Beyond; 8/

      6.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure appropriate support
for the effective functioning of the Long-term Strategy;

      7.    Encourages the use of communications networks for the
dissemination to the general public of the Standard Rules, the World
Programme of Action and the Long-term Strategy;

      8.    Encourages the Secretary-General, the Department for Policy
Coordination and Sustainable Development of the Secretariat and the
United Nations organizations concerned, particularly the United
Nations Development Programme, to continue their efforts to facilitate
the collection and transmission of relevant data to be used to
finalize, in consultation with Member States, the development of
global disability indicators, and requests the Secretary-General to
submit a report on this question to the General Assembly at its fifty-
second session.


                                                          97th plenary meeting
                                                              21 December 1995


                              Notes

     1/    A/37/351/Add.1 and Corr.1, annex, sect. VIII, recommendation
1 (IV).

      2/    See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council,
1995, Supplement No. 4 (E/1995/24), chap. I, sect. E.

      3/    See A/50/374, annex.

      4/    A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.

      5/    Report of the International Conference on Population and
Development, Cairo, 5-13 September 1994 (United Nations publication,
Sales No. E.95.XIII.18), chap. I, resolution 1, annex.

      6     A/CONF.166/9, chap. I, resolution 1, annex II.

      7/    A/CONF.177/20 and Add.1.

      8/    A/49/435, annex.

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